2020 Presidential Election in the PV community
Pascack Valley community expresses opinions on the upcoming election
October 28, 2020
(Editor’s Note: Statistics used in this article are from two unscientific polls that were sent out to the PV community via email. The first was sent out to the entire community while the second was sent out to just the 176 responders to the first poll.)
As Nov. 3 approaches, the 2020 Presidential Election is the hottest of topics amongst everyone: teens, adults, the media, and of course the politicians themselves.
The PV Student Publication sent out a survey to its students regarding the election and the candidates; the survey received a total of 176 responses.
When talking about politics – more specifically the upcoming election – there is one obvious question: Who will you be voting for? Out of 176 individuals who took part in the survey, 109 said they would vote for Joe Biden, while 51 would vote to reelect Donald Trump.
Of course, Biden and Trump are not the only options. 16 individuals who took the survey said they would not vote for Trump or Biden, with five choosing a third party candidate and 11 choosing the option titled “No opinion/I wouldn’t vote”.
Whether they prefer Trump, Biden, or neither, the community reached a consensus regarding the importance of voting, with an overwhelming majority of 97.7% believing it is important to vote.
Those who feel it is important to vote had a variety of reasons for believing so, ranging from political beliefs to personal values, no matter which candidate they choose when casting their ballot.
Students were eager to express their opinions on voting, but many of them will be unable to vote. With the legal voting age being 18, there were only eight students who participated in the poll who will be eligible to vote – 8.5% of participants.
Although much of PV’s student body will not be able to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election, Valley’s students know the traits and qualities they look for in a candidate.
The debates (two presidential and one vice presidential) sparked a response from those voting for Biden and those voting for our current president. The first presidential debate was filled with interruptions, causing many to be turned off by it.
After the second presidential debate, the PV Student Publication sent out a poll to the 176 individuals who responded to the first poll. The second poll pertained specifically to the debates and received a total of 76 responses.
The 76 individuals polled came to yet another consensus, as 72.4% preferred the second debate over the first.
All of this – the debates, the political parties, the speeches, the rallies – comes to a head on Nov. 3.